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18 January 2013
Today, Gatwick Airport has been utilising its £8 million snow fleet to keep the runway clear of snow.
Despite an accumulation of over 5cm of snow, Gatwick has remained open and flights have been safely landing and taking off.
We have been working closely with all our airline partners and their handling agents, Air Traffic Control and other interested parties and as a result over 570 scheduled flights have been handled with minimal disruption.
Gatwick's snow team has been out on the airfield throughout the course of today ploughing, sweeping and brushing away the snow to make it safe for aircraft to land and take-off.
Snow is forecast for the weekend and so Gatwick Airport strongly advises passengers flying out this weekend to contact their airline to check their flight status before making their way to the airport. With public transport and roads likely to be affected, passengers should check with transport operators before they travel.
Flight information is also available on our website at www.gatwickairport.com and passengers can get updates on Twitter @Gatwick_Airport.ENDS
t: + 44 (0) 1293 505000
About London Gatwick
Gatwick Airport is the UK’s second largest airport and the most efficient single-runway airport in the world. It serves more than 200 destinations in 90 countries for around 38 million passengers a year on short and long-haul point-to-point services. It is also a major economic driver for the South-East region, generating around 21,000 on-airport jobs and a further 10,000 jobs through related activities. The airport is 28 miles south of London with excellent public transport links, including the Gatwick Express. Gatwick Airport is owned by a group of international investment funds, of which Global Infrastructure Partners is the largest shareholder.
In its December 2013 interim report, the Airports Commission included London Gatwick and Heathrow on its shortlist of potential locations for a new runway in the UK. Expansion at Gatwick will best meet the UK’s aviation needs for the future, can provide the greatest economic boost with the least environmental impact, and a new runway can be operational by 2025. For further information, see: www.gatwickobviously.com
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